How will women be remembered over the past 100 years? What have they achieved in the fields of Sport, Science, Politics, the Arts and Education? Who were these women and what did they look like?
Renowned photographer Anita Corbin aims to answer these questions with her symbolic project ‘First Women‘, exhibiting at Royal College of Art this summer.
This considerable body of work comprises a unique collection of 100 portraits capturing women in the UK who were “first” in their field of achievement. The portraits by Anita provide inspiration and insight for a new generation of women seeking an understanding of their own roles in a rapidly changing world in which equality is still an issue. The full collection is finally being revealed this year to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage.
After working with Metro on her 2016 exhibition Visible Girls, Anita was keen to seek advice on the First Women project from Metro’s Director Steve Macleod and Marketing Manager, Kate O’Neill. Anita comments “Their (Metro’s) dedicated team of experts have a huge range of industry experience and they clearly love what they do, which is why the quality is so good – I can totally rely on them”.
“From our first project with Anita working on Visible Girls to this landmark body of ‘100 First Women’, our partnership has progressed and grown into a collaboration beyond what we could have ever hoped for. We look forward to creating many more projects with Anita and adding to the Metro Imaging legacy of high quality and close collaboration with our clients.” – Kate O’Neill says of the ongoing partnership with Anita and First Women.
Steve Macleod adds “This project embodies Anita’s huge dedication and determination to her craft in collating these portraits which are emblematic of the commitment to her practise or process.”
Working closely with Anita over the last year, our experienced technicians have helped to produce this landmark exhibition via archival digital c-type matt prints, custom mounting and bespoke framing.
First Women, The Collection, is about women’s achievements, and one woman’s exploration through the camera lens that endeavours to answer the question: How will women be remembered over the past 100 years? What have they achieved in the fields of Sport, Science, Politics, the Arts and Education? And who were these remarkable “first” women, what did they look like?
The portraits are multi-tiered; they are an exploration of the relationship between the photographer and the sitter as well as the relationship the woman has with the environment or background in which she is photographed. Each has been carefully chosen by Anita and her subject to reflect the field of achievement in which the woman has excelled.
First Women is the project that Anita has waited all her life to create. Her passion was born out of work she began in the early eighties – her Visible Girls portfolio was symbolic of women’s newfound freedom to be whoever they wanted to be – and fired by years spent working as a top female photographer for The Sunday Times and The Observer when she was often sent to cover “human interest” stories involving women.
All this experience has culminated in Anita’s vision – the creation of a legacy for future generations of women to enable them to understand and appreciate the achievements of their forebears – and perhaps even to laugh incredulously that once upon a time women were regarded as second-class citizens without a vote.
The exhibition launches this July at the Royal College of Art (info below) and you can get involved and support this remarkable project here!
The exhibition of the full 100 portraits shows at the Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, Riverside, 1 Hester Road London SW11 4AN 20th July until 22nd August.
Every day of the week 12-5pm. Free Entry.
IMG © Anita Corbin / First Women
1. Kelly Gallagher, First Woman to win British Winter Paralympic gold
2. Nicola Adams MBE, First Woman win British Olympic and European Games boxing gold
3. Suzi Quatro, First Woman to play bass in and front a Glam Rock Band
4. Rev Rose Hudson Wilkin, First Woman to be made the Speaker’s Chaplain
Hopkirks’ project investigates the human cost of austerity on Lambeth, telling local stories that highlight national issues. He will be featuring seven or eight stories relating to austerity, one of which will be about the fantastic Glass Door’s winter shelter and another about the good work done by the wonderful team at Ace of Clubs.
“The issues I explore are not unique to south London. What’s happening here is affecting communities all over the UK. But this is my community, and in the course of producing this work I’ve encountered hardship that I simply didn’t realise still existed in this country, let alone on my doorstep.
At the same time, I’ve found countless examples of extraordinary kindness, of people – friends, family, neighbours, volunteers, support workers – going to enormous lengths to help others, sometimes when they themselves are barely getting by.
With the stories I publish here I want to offer a view of London that is seldom seen, and feature voices that are often ignored.” Says James of his ongoing project.
The launch at Ace of Clubs on 10 May, 6-9PM will feature the full exhibition and the chance to explore the facilities at the centre along with Q&A with manager Sarah about homelessness and the work they do.
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org you will then be be sent further details and added to the guest list.
The exhibition will also be open on Saturday 12 May from 12-5pm when you can just turn up.
ALL IMAGES © JAMES HOPKIRK
“Owen’s work harks back to the very foundations of Mod culture in the UK. Once described as ‘Clean living under difficult circumstances’, Owen delves deeper into the progressive nature of the Mod movement and captures what it means to be a member of this iconic subculture today.
Having photographed the UK Mod scene over the last 5 years, Owen’s work breathes fresh life into the contemporary face of a movement founded way back in the 1950s. Travelling from Liverpool, to Margate, Brighton, London and afar, he began to discover and document the vibrant energy found in the Mod revival culture in the 21st century. “ – Youth Club
For the first time – with support from Farah Menswear and G.H.Bass & Co.Europe – Owen will exhibit Mod U.K. in the iconic London location of Carnaby St. Metro Imaging has worked closely with Owen over the last few months producing more than 30 high-res drum scans , large format genuine black and white silver gelatin prints and bespoke mounting for this exciting new show.
Don’t miss the opening night on Thursday 27th of July 6PM-9PM at The Subculture Archives, 3 Carnaby St, London, W1F 9QG where the exhibition will be run until Thursday August 3rd.
ALL IMAGES © Owen Harvey
Metro Imaging was delighted to work with Crane Kalman Gallery once again to produce the latest exhibition hosted at their London Gallery.
Along with works from The Pool (2002-2005) and Poolscapes (2009- 2012), the London exhibition also presents Laval’s newest series: Heterotopia, where she takes the natural world as her subject but warps it through manipulating light and colour. This show also coincides with the release of her first major publication The Poolscapes, published by Steidl this autumn.
Metro Imaging’s expert framing team finished Karine’s large photographic prints with Reverse Perspex mounting and bespoke frames (with a mix Keyline and contemporary mouldings) to hang within the gallery based in South West London.
Don’t miss this beautiful body of work, which is only on show for a the next few weeks!
Karine Laval: Reflections runs from 20 July – 19 August at Crane Kalman Gallery, 178 Brompton Road, London SW1 1HQ.
All images © Karine Laval